• How many Macs did Apple sell last quarter?

    In the context of the industry's longest slowdown, the numbers could have been worse.

    FORTUNE -- According to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments fell 10.9% last quarter, the industry's fifth consecutive quarter of decline. According to IDC, shipments are down 11.4% year over year, capping the industry's longest slowdown ever.

    The main thing that's hurting PC sales, both research firms agree, is that customers who used to buy PCs are buying tablet computers instead.

    In MORE

    - Jul 12, 2013 6:48 AM ET
  • Apple's Mac U.S. sales grew 7.4% (Gartner) or fell 7.5% (IDC)

    In a dismal quarter for PC sales, is Apple's Mac a rare bright spot, or isn't it?

    FORTUNE -- The two leading high tech market research firms have done it again.

    They issued their preliminary PC sales estimates for the first calendar quarter of 2013 Wednesday, and while they agree that it represented either the worst quarterly decline on record (IDC) or the worst in a generation (Gartner) -- thanks in large part to the MORE

    - Apr 11, 2013 6:39 AM ET
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  • A long-time Apple bull tries to lower investors' expectations

    Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says growth may not return until the back half of 2013

    FORTUNE -- In February, Gene Munster predicted that Apple (AAPL) would get a boost this quarter from product announcements in March or April.

    With March almost over and the quarter ending on Saturday, Piper Jaffray's senior Apple analyst issued a note to clients Tuesday warning that the company will have to get through a dry patch before MORE

    - Mar 26, 2013 6:43 AM ET
  • Apple burned by analysts' overheated expectations

    Ranking the best and worst Apple analysts for fiscal Q1 2013

    FORTUNE (Koh Ngai, Thailand) -- As evidenced by Apple's (AAPL) sickening $55.5 (10.8%) drop in after-hour trading Wednesday, the analysts who cover the company -- both on and off Wall Street -- aren't doing it any favors.

    The company didn't have a bad quarter. In fact, it posted its best quarter ever with earnings per share of $13.81 on sales of MORE

    - Jan 23, 2013 8:16 PM ET
  • How many Macs did Apple sell last quarter?

    The analysts' forecasts range from 4.45 million to 6.5 million. Median estimate: 5.2 million

    FORTUNE (Vientiane, Laos) -- At first glance, the chart at right looks pretty dismal. It suggests that Wall Street expects Christmas quarter sales of the Mac to grow less year over year than any year in memory, and that our sample of independent analysts -- generally more bullish than the professionals -- expect year over year unit MORE

    - Jan 12, 2013 6:27 PM ET
  • Paula Broadwell's Mac

    Is this the machine on which Broadwell carried on her affair with General Petraeus?

    FORTUNE -- Help me out here, Mac experts. The computer being hauled out of Paula Broadwell's home (with her permission) by FBI agents as part of their investigation of the Petraeus affair looks to me like an Apple (AAPL) iMac circa 2009. Can you confirm or deny?

    Below: An annotated photo of the back of a 2009 iMac MORE

    - Nov 13, 2012 1:43 PM ET
  • What Romney and Obama said about Apple's iPhone jobs

    Q: How do you convince a great American company to bring that manufacturing back?

    FORTUNE -- Toward the end of the second presidential debate, moderator Candy Crowley asked Mitt Romney and Barack Obama about Apple (AAPL).

    "iPad, the Macs, the iPhones, they are all manufactured in China," she began. "One of the major reasons is labor is so much cheaper [there]. How do you convince a great American company to bring that manufacturing back here?"


    - Oct 17, 2012 5:28 AM ET
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  • 2004: The year the Windows PC to Apple Mac sales ratio peaked

    It's been falling ever since and is now approaching 1985's level

    FORTUNE -- In a chart posted on Twitpic Monday, Asymco's Horace Dediu shows that the multiple of PCs sold to Apple (AAPL) Macs sold has been falling steadily since it peaked in 2004 and is approaching the ratio of 1985.

    Brian S Hall points out in his Smartphone Wars blog that 1985 was the year Microsoft (MSFT) released Windows. "It was MORE

    - Jul 3, 2012 5:54 AM ET
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  • Apple WWDC preview: What the analysts are saying

    Is Wall Street expecting AAPL to get a post-conference bounce? You be the judge.

    FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) World Wide Developers Conference -- its only remaining public event not explicitly linked to a product announcement -- is set to open in San Francisco Monday, and several analysts issued notes Friday telling their clients what to expect.

    Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig: Clockwork-like software innovation is often overlooked. WWDC mainly serves to showcase the latest MORE

    - Jun 8, 2012 10:44 AM ET
  • Who converts more PC users, Apple or its retail partners?

    What Tim Cook didn't say in last week's earnings call

    FORTUNE -- When it reports on Mac sales in its retail stores, Apple (AAPL) likes to make the point -- as Tim Cook did again last week -- that roughly half of the Macs sold in Apple Stores are sold to customers who never owned a Mac before.

    In a report issued Monday entitled "What Tim Cook Didn't Say," Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, MORE

    - Apr 30, 2012 2:58 PM ET
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